Tip News

October 21, 2019

Hong Kong supporters removed from 76ers-Guangzhou game - Tip News

Hong Kong supporters removed from 76ers-Guangzhou game

Hong Kong supporters removed from 76ers-Guangzhou game
'Australian Ben Simmons sparked the Philadelphia 76ers to an NBA pre-season victory over China's Guangzhou Lions on Tuesday from which two spectators supporting Hong Kong freedom were removed from the crowd' - By: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File ANDY LYONS

A sign-waving couple who yelled "Free Hong Kong" repeatedly near the bench of a Chinese team at a pre-season NBA game were removed by security for disturbing fans, the Philadelphia 76ers said Wednesday.

Sam Wachs and his wife were escorted out of Wells Fargo Arena during the second quarter of Tuesday's 144-86 victory by the 76ers over the Guangzhou Lions after security guards confiscated their "Free HK" and "Free Hong Kong" signs during the first quarter.

"We were just sitting in our seats near the Chinese bench," Wachs told Philadelphia television station WCAU. "We were saying, 'Free Hong Kong.'" What's wrong with that?"

Plenty, according to the Sixers, who said the fans were removed for being a disruption, not the content of their message.

"At last evening's game, following multiple complaints from guests and verbal confrontations with others in attendance, two individuals were warned by Wells Fargo Center staff about their continuing disruption of the fan experience," the 76ers said.

"Ultimately, the decision was made by Wells Fargo Center personnel to remove the guests from the premises, which was accomplished without incident."

It comes in the wake of a tweet by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey supporting Hong kong protesters who have taken to the streets since June in protest of a proposed extradition law that would have sent suspects to China to face trial.

Since then, Chinese business and government leaders have pulled sponsorships of the NBA and backed off support for exhibition games set for this week in China involving the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers.

Australian Ben Simmons scored 21 points, grabbed eight rebounds and passed off seven assists to lead the 76ers while Canadian Andrew Nicholson paced the Lions with 36 points.

Guangzhou will play Wednesday at Washington.

The 76ers hosted more than 40 youth from China on a cultural visit to the United States earlier this year, the tour including a chance to meet former 76er World B. Free.

It's likely far from the last fan protest to come at an NBA game over the Hong Kong issue.

A GoFundMe page started two days ago has halted receipt of donations after taking in just under $43,000 -- more than twice the target goal -- to print and give away T-shirts outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles before the October 22 NBA opening-night showdown between the city rival Lakers and Clippers, each expected to contend for the league crown.

"Wouldn't it be hilarious if on opening night in Staples Center the NBA fanbase made a collective demonstration against censorship by wearing "Stand With Hong Kong" T-shirts?" asks page founder Sun Lared.

Short link: https://tipnews.com/u/MTEwMTY2

See also:

Related articles

India on brink of Test sweep over South Africa

India on brink of Test sweep over South Africa

Pace duo Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav had India on the brink of a series whitewash after South Africa crumpled while following-on in the third Test and saw batsman Dean Elgar suffer a wincing blow to the helmet.At the end of the third day the tourists were o

India tour in doubt as Bangladesh cricketers go on strike

India tour in doubt as Bangladesh cricketers go on strike

Bangladesh's professional cricketers -- including several members of the national squad -- went on strike Monday to call for better pay and benefits.The protest, announced by national Test and Twenty20 captain Shakib Al Hasan, could also put next month's tou

Discipline vital: What we learned from Wales's win over France

Discipline vital: What we learned from Wales's win over France

Wales made it into the last four of the World Cup with a dramatic come from behind 20-19 win over 14-man France.Here are five things we learned from Wales's victory at Oita Stadium on Sunday:- Seeing Red - It is possible to win rugby matches a man down but th

Five talking points in European football this weekend

Five talking points in European football this weekend

Barcelona replaced Real Madrid at the top of La Liga, Bayern Munich squandered the chance to go back on top in Germany, and Monaco continued to score goals in France.AFP Sport looks at five of the main talking points from around Europe over the weekend:- Press



HELLO, PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO RATE THIS POST Hong Kong supporters removed from 76ers-Guangzhou game

Sending comment Close